Hundreds of people accompanied Rabbi Raziel Shevah, who was murdered by Muslim terrorists in a drive-by shooting attack near the Jewish outpost Havat Gilad, as he was laid to rest on Wednesday afternoon.
Shevah was buried in a special plot dug for him in the outpost of Havat Gilad and is the first to be buried there.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett eulogized Shevah. “You had the heart of a husband, a father and an educator. You also had the heart of someone who saved lives. The lighthouse was damaged, but its light has not been put out,” he determined.
“You are the pioneers of Havat Gilad, the real heroes who are holding onto the land and building our country. Our enemies think they could make us abandon the land. We crush their hopes by becoming stronger, building communities and having children. You are doing your duty. Now it is the politicians’ turn to do ours,” Bennett added.
While Bennett was speaking, shouts of “revenge!” were heard from the crowd. They were silenced by the head of the Samaria Regional Council Yossi Dagan.
Also attending the funeral were former minister Eli Yishai, Israel’s Chief Rabbi David Lau and Samaria Rabbi Elyakim Levanon.
Raziel, who worked as a mohel (who performs the circumcision of babies) and volunteered in Magen David Adom (MDA), was murdered in a drive-by shooting near Havat Gilad. He is survived by his wife, Yael, and their six children: Renana, 10, Naomi, 8, Miriam, 6, Malka, 5, Ovadia, 3, and Benayahu, only 10 months old.